San Antonio, TX – The 16,000 fans of rapper Pitbull were expecting a great show last night at the AT&T Center full of energetic songs, great set designs and a party atmosphere. What they didn’t expect was that they would be swept up in what turned out to be the single largest Zumba class in history.
Sources at the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that the crowd of 16,000 qualified for the title. “There were a bunch of people dressed in brightly colored yoga pants, sweating profusely, dancing around inanely for about an hour,” said Guinness Spokesperson Dana Petterberg. “I know a Zumba class when I see one and that was definitely a Zumba class.” The previous record was held by a LA Fitness in Atlanta with a grand total of 75.
The dance fitness program began to gain popularity in 2005. Since then, approximately 14 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.
As Pitbull began playing his hit song, “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”, he noticed that the crowd was moving completely in synch. “It was strange,” he recalled. “There wasn’t really a leader or instructor that I could see. It just kind of happened.”
Biologist have seen similar behavior in schools of fish or flocks of birds. “The behavior is not a property of any individual person, but rather emerges as a property of the group itself,” explained Dr. Nick Holz, biologist a UC-Berkley. “In this case there was no leader, no overall control; instead the crowd’s movements were determined by the moment-by-moment decisions of individual people. Apparently these people wanted to target and tone their thighs, abdominals, and glutes.”
Fans were pleased that they could be part of the historical event. “It was great because not only did I get drunk at a concert,” reported Pitbull fan Maria Ortiz. “I also got in my cardio for the day.”
7 people were found dead after the crowd dispersed.
* Credit to @JustinTruth for the idea